Afghan Taliban's brazen attack eclipses Trump's 'mother of all bombs'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 04, 2017,
May 04, 2017, 20:28
According to the President's Office, Habibi and Shahim "stepped down with immediate effect" and President Ashraf Ghani has accepted their resignations, it said.
The Afghan Defence Ministry had said in a statement that more than 100 soldiers were killed and wounded in the attack, without providing an exact number of casualties, while provincial council member Mohammad Ibrahim Khair Andesh said 140 were killed and 160 wounded.
At least 130 Afghans were killed and the country's army chief and defense minister resigned.
As The Two-Way reported, the militants entered the base disguised as Afghan army personnel, then attacked troops leaving Friday prayers at a mosque.
"We will make sure that whoever is responsible for this attack will face our wrath; they [attackers/Taliban] need to get ready now".
"At this point we nearly don't need to talk about safe havens in Pakistan, because they have safe havens in Afghanistan".
"Nobody in the world has been able to prevent such attacks", he said of the base assault.
Meanwhile, US defence secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Afghanistan on Monday as President Donald Trump's administration looked to construct its strategy in the country.
The Taliban overran three security checkpoints in Afghanistan's northern Takhar province, killing eight policemen and cutting off a key road and two of the region's districts, an Afghan official said Tuesday.
General John Nicholson, the top USA commander in Kabul, recently told Congress that he needed a few thousand more troops to keep Afghan security forces on track to eventually handling the Taliban insurgency on their own.
Nicholson has said he needs "a few thousand" more troops to break what he has described as a stalemate. The country observed a national day of mourning on Sunday for the more than 100 soldiers who were killed in the attack.
It comes less than two weeks after the U.S. dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on Islamic State group hideouts in the country's east, which the USA says killed 100 militants but which analysts say had little effect.
Mattis is the second senior United States security official to visit Afghanistan this month: National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster arrived in Kabul days after the MOAB was dropped.
Mattis started his visit at the headquarters of Operation Resolute Support, the NATO-led mission to train and advise Afghan security forces, according to the CNN.